Another patient yesterday, English wasn't his first language but he spoke it almost perfectly, didn't have to use the translator phone.
I'm taking the patient history, he's telling me why he's here, and I ask him if he's had any diarrhea. For the first time in the conversation, he pauses and gives me a look.
"I don't know that word."
"Yes. What is that?"
I'd never really thought about how you explain the concept of diarrhea to someone. But it's not that easy to do.
"Uh, it means loose stool, watery, comes out very quickly..."
"You mean out of the penis?"